Fellows are offered service opportunities to volunteer with Ohio organizations that promote the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law. These activities engage the minds and energies of our newest Fellows and rekindle their passion for justice. Read the results of their efforts below. Contact the Foundation for more information.
O.P.E.N. CourtOrientating young People with Exceptional Needs about Court is the result of the 2011 Fellows teaming up with experts in the field of developmental disabilities. See Henry on his journey through the court system in three videos where he will learn about courtroom behavior and his rights. A robust resource packet helps adults with tools they need to help teach young people with exceptional needs about the juvenile court system.
Constitution ClassroomConstitution Classroom provides teachers with updated case law, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and lawyer assistance. The 2010 Fellows Class gives teachers all the tools they need to make the task creative and productive.
Think B4 U SendThe 2009 Fellows Class designed a video challenge to educate Ohio's youth about the ramifications of sexting and cyber bullying. Heritage Middle School developed the winning video.
<B4U Send Video Challenge
Repairing Recidivisim: Helping ex-offenders successfully reenter society.
It's an unfortunate fact. Citizens who have been incarcerated are more likely to reenter the system. That's why the 2008 Fellows Class organized a statewide reentry summit to discuss successful reentry opportunities.
Knowledge is Power: Magnifying rights, responsibilities, and resources for foster youth.
Growing up is hard. Unfortunately, it's even harder as a foster child. So we developed a program to help young adults realize their rights and responsibilities as they age out of the foster care system.
Keys to the Courtroom
Defendants who represent themselves often have difficulty. So the 2006 Fellows Class decided to teach the basics of the courtroom. Their program also helps judges and lawyers to deal more effectively with those who represent themselves.
With Liberty and Justice for All... Somalis in Ohio
Ohio is home to over 50,000 Somali immigrants, and many don't know their basic legal rights and responsibilities. So we created an educational CD that teaches the basics of the law in their native tongue.
Legal Information for Nonprofit Organizations
Non-profits are focused on doing good - and that doesnt leave much time or many resources to deal with legal issues. We built a website that helps people starting non-profits deal with legal issues.
It’s My Life...
I have a Choice
Often, young people turn towards trouble because they don't have a mentor to look up to. We created an interactive computer program to help high school students mentor at risk 5th graders before they make bad decisions that could lead them into the justice system.
Light the Way: Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones in the Dark
Death is a subject not many like to talk about. However, being prepared is important. We worked to educate the public about the importance of having a living will and healthcare power of attorney and we provided resources for dealing with end-of-life issues.
Did not! Did too!
One reason the public finds the law complicated is that it's not taught at a young age. So we created a fully illustrated storybook to teach 3rd grade students the basic tenets of justice.
Ohio Legal Information Source
Finding resources and programs to help people understand the law, or to provide them with assistance with legal quesitons is a daunting task. To assist with this search, we created an online clearinghouse for resources available throughout Ohio.
More Than Sex, Drugs & Money: Reporting on the Legal System
Too often, the legal system is sensationalized in the media. So we developed a program to educate journalism professors and students so that they can understand the law and more effectively report on legal proceedings.
Ohio Jury Management Conference
Trial by jury is an essential element of our democracy and managing the jury process is an important and complicated task. We created an annual conference for jury managers to help them as they work to maximize the effectiveness of this important process.